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welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. deepening relations. japan and india have agreed to forge stronger ties. the governor of fukushima as informed the japanese government that he accepts the building of facilities in his prefecture that could store radioactive waste for decades. and weather officials in japan have introduced a more
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advanced system to predict potentially disaster-causing raise. the leaders of japan and india have agreed to enhance economic and security ties. prime minister shinzo abe and narendra modi met in tokyo. it's the first summit since modi became prime minister. >> translator: relations between japan and india are full of potential. >> translator: japan and india, they're a huge responsibility on how asia and the world will develop. >> abe and modi say today will promote japanese corporate investment in india and japan's imports of rare earth minerals from the country. they have also agreed to find ways to deal with regional conflicts and environmental
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issues. bilateral relations between japan and india have a lot of potential both in boosting mutual yal economic relations and preventing regional conflict. nhk's former delhi correspondent explains. >> the key focus is on whether indian prime minister narendra modi's economic reforms and abenomics can work together. they're depending on jap japan to promote infrastructure. modinomics is designed to tackle these challenges with the help of foreign investment. india is counting on japan's financial and technological support. potential areas of cooperation include transportation-related
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infrastructure such as "shinkansen" bullet trains and a distribution system to enhance india's agricultural sector. japan wants to encourage more firms to advance into the other parts of asia to benefit from the region's economic growth. that's a key pillar of abenomics. they've secured a foothold with its low-priced goods. japan aims to take a different approach from china in grabbing a large market share in india. >> the leaders are aiming to strengthen relations in the security field. they want to cooperate on international issues and work together to prevent regional conflict.
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this comes as china seeks to influence countries neighboring india. the leaders plan to broaden security exchanges and begin regular joint military drills between japan's maritime self-defense force and the indian navy. >> maritime issues will be a focus. the indian ocean is surrounded by major global economic players, the middle east, africa, and asia. and the ocean offers key energy supply routes for asia, so it has become strategically important. but the area lacks military protection with only a small u.s. military presence, essentially remnants from the cold war era. and china is now increasing its presence in the ocean. a china-backed project to build a large port in sri lanka is raising concern among the nations. they've worried about how the port might actually be used.
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japan wants to promote maritime security in cooperation with the u.s. in july, japan, the u.s., and india held a joint maritime drill, apparently aimed to challenge china. but india wants to avoid wholesale relation with china. abe will meet with sri lanka and bangladesh after the summit. japan aims to widen its foothold in the indian ocean. >> and that was nhk's former delhi correspondent. the governor of fukushima has given notice of his decision to the central government to store radioactive waste in the prefecture.
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bags containing soil, vegetation, and other material contaminated by nuclear fallout continue to pile up. without storage facilities, decontamination work clout the prefecture will be hampered. the plan will see this waste placed at intermediate storage facilities in the towns of futaba and okuma. both sites are near the plant. fukushima governor yuhei sato met with environment minister nobuteru ishihara and reconstruction minister takumi nemoto on monday. he informed the ministers of his decision. >> translator: it was a difficult decision to have to make the community bear the burden of hosting these facilities, but i decided that it was the quickest way to clean up the local environment.
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>> sato also met the prime minister. he asked abe to lay out detailed future plans for the prefecture's no-go zones. he also stressed the need for continued financial support to revive the local economy. abe acknowledged the difficulty of sato's decision and expressed appreciation. four employees of the plant are suing is tokyo electric power company for higher wages. they say their pay should reflect the risky work. this will be the first court hearing on tepco's treatment of workers. the four men are doing plumbing work on tanks storing radioactive water. they say their wages are too low relative to their risk of exposure to radiation. they're asking that tepco pay each of them about $96,000 in additional compensation. they say tepco raised wages for subcontractors last year by about $96 per day, but their own wages have not changed.
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one of the plaintiffs says he's worried about his health. >> translator: we've been reluctant to complain for fear of losing our jobs. i hope this lawsuit makes it easier for everyone to speak up and receive fair payment. >> a lawyer representing the plaintiff says he hopes the case sheds light on working conditions at the plant. tepco faces a daily challenge of securing 3,000 to 6,000 workers for decommissioning the plant. japan's health authorities have confirmed 19 more cases of dengue fever contract the inside the country. this brings the total number of patients in the nation to 22. tests carried out by the national institute of infectious diseases confirmed 19 people had contracted the virus. authorities reported the first case of dengue in japan in 70 years on wednesday. health ministry officials say none of those infected have suffered serious symptoms and
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are all recovering. the officials say all 22 patients visited yoyogi park in central tokyo or its vicinity last month. they're likely to have been infected by mosquitos in the area. none of the sufferers have traveled abroad in the past month. the officials say mosquitos do not travel far, and there's no fear of a widespread outbreak. dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitos and not from person to person. outbreaks are common in tropical and subtropical areas of asia and latin america. officials in china's parliament have effectively ruled out open elections in hong kong. they say voters will not be allowed to nominate their own candidates in the 2017 vote, effectively ruling out anyone who supports democracy. people in hong kong are note happy. they say decision will not bring
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about fair elections. nhk world's naoki makita has more. >> reporter: pro-democracy supporters in hong kong rallied to protested the decision. organizers say more than 5,000 people took part. >> translator: if the chinese government nominates candidates, people would have no choice but to accept them. then nothing will change. >> we want democracy. we want to -- want a fair system. >> reporter: the decision by china's nationals people congress standing committee says people in hong kong will be able to directly choose their leader from the next election in 2017. but the decision stipulates that voters will only be able to choose from a list of two or three candidates selected by a
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nomination committee. hong kong's chief executive is currently chosen by a 1,200-member election committee. it's made up of people from industrial and other organizations. they nominate several candidates and then vote to choose a leader from among them. in the last election, a pro-beijing candidate was selected. and the competition of the nomination committee and the way its members are selected will be the same as those and as the current election committee. that means a new system virtually shuts out democratic candidates. in july, crowds of people took to the streets to protest against the chinese government. organizers say more than 500,000 people took part, the largest ever such rally. more than 500 protesters were arrested.
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organizers of sunday's rally say they are preparing for a massive protest to occupy the territory's financial district. meanwhile, hong kong's pro-beijing chief executive told reporters that china's decision represents major progress. he criticized the demonstrators. >> translator: protests will hurt the stability and the prosperity of hong kong and will not get the support of many residents. >> reporter: the public backlash against china is increasing in hong kong, especially among young people. china's influence over the territory is growing stronger both politically and economically. there are concerns that the latest moves may lead to uncertainty. naoki makita, nhk world. german leaders have decided to provide weapons to kurds fighting islamic militants in northern iraq. germany's government calls the
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move exceptional. opposition parties say it's a turnaround from the country's long-standing diplomatic policies. chancellor angela merkel and her ministers say military support is vital to stop extremists' atrocities against christians and other groups. the weapons are include 30 anti-tank rocket launchers, 500 missiles and 16,000 automatic rifles. shipments will likely start by late september. germany has refrained from sending weapons to conflict areas since the end of world war ii. people responding to a german opinion poll largely opposed sending weapons. companies in japan are spending more, and ron madison is here with the latest data out. >> yeah, fairly mixed data, actually. while the companies did spend more, the pace of increase actually slowed down a bit. japanese companies did invest more in equipment and machinery in the april to june period. that marked the fifth straight quarterly rise. the april consumption tax hike, though, was the reason that the
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pace of growth slowed. finance ministry officials survey ee eed more than 32,000 companies capitalized at at least $100,000. these companies invested a total of $82 billion in the second quarter. the spending mostly on commercial facilities and office buildings, is 3% up from the same period last year in yen terms. even so, the growth rate was down 4.4 percentage points from the january to march period. the consumption tax hike was one factor. now, another was the end of support for windows xp in april. companies had to upgrade by making bulk replacement purchases. the survey also showed that the company's sales rose 1.1%, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth. pretax profits rose for the tenth straight quarter by 4.5%. finance ministry officials insist that corporate performance remains brisk following the tax hike, and the economy continues to recover at
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a moderate pace. investors in europe are cautious as they remain concern about ongoing tensions in ukraine and russia. here's how the region's major benchmarks aring lookie looking hour. paris is losing about 0.3%. in asia, most markets finished higher. chinese equities climbed more than 0.8%. a slow down in the country's manufacturing productivity boosted expectations for the government's additional stimulus measures. tokyo's nikkei broke a two-day losing streak. moving on to currencies now. the dollar is trading at a one-week high level against the yen. market participants are not trading all that act ily, though. that's because u.s. players will be away for a public holiday on monday. many are also waiting for major events later on in the week. the european central bank and the bank of japan are scheduled to hold their policy meetings, and focus will be on u.s. jobs
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data on friday. japan's new car sales fell for the second straight month in august. auto officials say it's the biggest year-on-year drop in the five months since the april consumption tax hike. industry officials say more than 330,000 new vehicles were sold last month. that is down 9.1% from a year earlier and worse than the 5.5% fall marked in april. japanese consumers rushed to order the new cars before that tax hike. dealers finished handing over most of them by july, which led to fewer sales in august. sales of mini vehicles tumbled more than 15% from a year earlier when sales set a record for the month. industry officials say they hoped summer bonuses might help to boost sales, but the results were below expectations. they say new orders remain sluggish, but they expect car makers to rev up sales by releasing some new models. officials from japan, china,
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and south korea are in beijing now to discuss a free trade deal. it's the fifth round of the three-way talks. the latest round will likely focus on deciding the framework for tariff negotiations. japan previously proposed cutting tariffs on automobiles and electronic appliances, but china wants to protect its domestic industries and opposes that move. the three countries also disagree on which agricultural items o exempt from the planned abolition on tariffs. officials will also discuss protecting intellectual property rights and easing investment regulations. china and south korea have already agreed to conclude a bilateral free-trade pact by the end of the year. analysts are watching how this move could affect japan's position in the trilateral talks. well, casino gambling is illegal here in japan, but that could change if lawmakers pass legislation that's currently being debated in the diet. meanwhile, several municipalities have expressed interest in hosting casinos, and
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several foreign visitors have toured a candidate site. it was organized by a securities firm. about 30 investment executives from britain, singapore, and other countries participated. the visitors are e viewed the overall concept for the project. they asked questions about the estimated amount required to build the facilities and public transportation to the complex. >> translator: the executives asked lots of questions. i'm very happy to know they're interested in osaka. >> if we can gain confidence that these projects are going to be done quickly, done successfully, and generate high returns, we'll be looking to invest in companies here. >> local officials hope to build a casino base entertainment complex in the city by 2020. the government is studying the potential economic and social impacts of legalizing casinos. and that's going to do it for biz tonight. i'll leave you with the markets.
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weather officials in japan are tackling a huge challenge. they're trying to predict localized heavy downpours more precisely. this summer, heavy rain resulted in flooding and landslides in areas across the country. now the officials have developed a new system to help people be more prepared for such disasters. nhk world's meteorologist reports.
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>> reporter: south of tokyo in koji prefecture, the accumulated rainfall exceeded 1,000 millimeters in one spell. that's more than three times the average total precipitation for august. >> translator: the house was inundated in only 30 minutes. this is the first time i've experienced anything like this. >> reporter: and in hiroshima, heavy rains made hillsides unstable. the landslides killed more than 70 people. officials at the japan meteorological agency developed a new rainfall forecasting system in response to the changing weather patterns. the system presents the forecast of rainfall area in more detail. the resolution is now 15 times higher. so the previous resolution of one square kilometer is now
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spread into 16 equal squares. now it's possible to forecast precipitation by a 250-meter wide grid. the area in light green shows where rain is currently intensifying. the cloud is expected to move to an area in yellow in about 30 minutes. >> translator: i hope people will look at the image regularly to check for heavy rain in their neighborhoods. >> reporter: the images are on the agency website and accessible on smartphones. a private weather forecasting company also offered services to operators of public transportation systems. this railway management system displays the anticipated amount of rainfall, radar readings, and data from observation points
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along the tracks. the previous system updates every five minutes. now it's every minute. users can also access information on service disruptions. downpours raise the risk of flooded tracks and derailment, but this information helps railway operators prepare for possible disasters. >> our company regulates train operation according to the rainfall and wind speed. in the event of heavy rain and storm, our headquarter decides the operating plan according to the weather information. >> reporter: japanese weather information services are becoming more precise. but the more detailed their zoning is, the higher the risk of their forecasts being wrong if they misjudge the rain clouds. >> translator: it's very difficult to predict when and
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where rainfall will occur. so we quickly observe the latest rainfall and forecast precipitation areas by predicting its route. the predictions may be off at times. >> reporter: typhoons and the autumn seasonal rainfall are expected to cause isolated downpours in many areas in the coming weeks. officials with the japan meteorological agency hope people will keep track of heavy rain forecasts in neighboring areas to be fully prepare against disasters. shojiru matsua, nhk world. some people in louisiana are spending this labor day cleaning up after flash flooding. our meteorologist jonathan oh is here with the details. jonathan? >> hello, gene. we did have a system moving through the central and eastern portions of the united states. the tail end of that system clipped through louisiana. so because of that, some downpours caused quite a bit of
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flooding. i'm taking you to a place called iowa, louisiana. that really is a little town over there called iowa. let me show you video coming out of this area where torrential rains saturday caused widespread flooding. a slow-moving, intense system dropped about 160 millimeters of rainfall in the town of iowa. the flood waters submerged many homes. you can see residents wearing knee-high rubber boots to wade through their houses. it looks like as we continue on through the next few days, we're going to see the drawing in of moisture through the south, meaning more flash flooding possible for louisiana. the rain will taper off by midweek, but then we have another cold front that's going to push through later on this week. that's going to give the area a little bit more rain by the end of the week. speaking of this cold front, you can see the intense colors of purple shadings here. that indicates heavy rainfall. also dealing with some hail and also some strong winds. in fact, some damage reports came out from the central plains talking about this. it looks like as the system
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pushes further toward the east into the great lakes, this area shaded in red is what we're looking at for the possibility of severe thunderstorms. i know a lot of people in the united states want to enjoy labor day outdoors. that's the unofficial end to summer. for those of you in this particular area, you have to look out for the possibility of large hail and damaging winds. maybe an isolated tornado and flash flooding. so this is something that you'll need to watch out for going throughout monday. down toward the deep south, we're also going to see scattered showers. the driest place in the u.s., over to los angeles. high pressure dominating the weather there. high of 30 degrees under mostly sunny skies. starting off with a little bit of haze then eventually moving into sunnier conditions. here's a look at the forecast for east asia. we're looking out for a cluster of clouds down into the philippines. this is an area of low pressure that may become a tropical depression. we're also looking at another low-pressure system out in the western pacific that may become a tropical depression as well. in the meantime, we do have a
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stationary front over japan. that's going to bring plenty of rainfall as we go into tuesday. eventually lifting away and eventually giving us better conditions by wednesday. a cup of lows located over the river basin will bring more rain. that will eventually move into south korea. up to 150 millimeters of rain possible in a 24-hour period with rain rates up to 50 millimeters per hour. that will eventually move into japan as we go into wednesday and then later on this week. now we wrap things up with a look at europe. we have a low that's going to be dropping toward italy and also the balkan peninsula. that's going to bring a lot of rainfall into the southern portions of the continent. lots of cold temperatures to talk about. 15 for your high in vienna on monday. 19 in berlin and also in london. much warmer in spain and madrid. a high of 35 with sunny skies. hope you have a good day wherever you are. here's your extended outlook.
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that's "newsline" for this hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo. from all of us here at nhk world, thanks for joining us.
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the sky full of stars shining like jewels.s but in fact this is not the actual sky. it's a planetarium. today there are about 400 planetariums in japan. that's the second largest number in the world after the u.s.

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